Top Art Competitions 2024

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Deadline

June 23, 2024

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Royal Scottish Academy of Art - William Littlejohn Award

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Graphic
Theme: Water-based media

Reward

2,000 £ + Exhibition

Location

Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Scotland (GB)
In the case of students applying, entrants must either be graduating in 2024 or currently studying at postgraduate level at one of the art schools in Scotland listed our website.

Deadline

June 23, 2024

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The Hari Art Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Sculpture
Theme: Open Theme

Reward

10,000 £
3,000 £
1,000 £

Location

London
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

No students
Resident of United Kingdom
For artists who have graduated within the last five years (2019-2024) from UK art colleges.

Deadline

June 23, 2024

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Royal Scottish Academy - MacRobert Art Award for Painting

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting

Reward

20,000 £ + Exhibition

Location

Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Scotland (GB)
Nationality: Scottish
Artists who graduated at least 10 years ago or have at least 10 years of substantive practice

Deadline

June 30, 2024

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ACS Studio Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

£6,000 for the costs of a studio

Location

London
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United Kingdom
Entrants must be a university student on an undergraduate or postgraduate art course who is about to graduate, or has graduated from a university art course within the last four years

Deadline

June 30, 2024

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Sunny Art Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

3,000 £ + Solo Exhibition + Residency
2,000 £ + Exhibition + Residency
1,000 £ + Exhibition + Residency

Location

London
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

June 30, 2024

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7th Women In Art Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Photography / Graphic

Reward

2 x: 1,000 £
500 £
250 £

Location

London
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United Kingdom
Only for female artists

Deadline

June 30, 2024

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Winsor & Newton & Paul Smith’s Foundation - International Art Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Theme: Finding inspiration everywhere

Reward

1,000 £ + 1,000 £ of materials from Winsor & Newton
Exhibition

Location

London
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Open to artists of all abilities within the first 10 years of their career

Deadline

July 5, 2024

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London Graphic Centre - Art Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Graphic
Theme: Joy

Reward

5,000 £
2,000 £
500 £

Location

London
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United Kingdom

Deadline

July 8, 2024

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DoBeDo - Book Award

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography
Theme: Publication of a photo book

Reward

50,000 £ support for publication

Location

Esher
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

July 8, 2024

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Rotherham Museums - Temporary Artwork

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Painting / Video / Graphic / Installation / Sculpture

Reward

6,500 £

Location

Rotherham
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

No students
Resident of United Kingdom

Art Competitions – Prizes, recognition and exposure

Art competitions are great opportunities for artists, offering cash prizes along with the rewards of exposure and recognition. By validating your artistic practice, they increase your visibility in the art world. Art competitions can serve as a catalyst that accelerates an artist's progress to success. Visit our website to view the best current art competitions.

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FAQs: Art Competitions

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding art competitions here:

What is an art competition?

Art competitions are events where artists are invited to submit their work based on a particular theme or category. Organized by a variety of entities such as institutions, galleries, or other art organizations, these competitions aim to identify, acknowledge, and support talented artists. A panel of judges typically awards prizes, exhibitions, publications, or other forms of recognition to the best entries. Winning art competitions offers artists crucial exposure and recognition.

What are typical prizes of art competitions?

Art competitions offer artists a variety of prizes. These can range from cash awards, to opportunities in order to exhibit works and gain exposure. Some competitions also offer artist residencies, scholarships, as well as art supplies or equipment as prizes. Winners may have their work featured in a catalog, an art magazine, or on an online platform, increasing recognition and exposure. Ultimately, winning awards become a valuable addition to an artist's resume.

The list of art competitions on our website specifies in each case clearly what the “prize“ entails.

How does the judging process work?

The jury panel generally consists of a number of distinguished persons from the art world, who, over the course of several rounds, individually decide which applications to eliminate or pass on to the next rounds. Shortlisted works are then subjected to further scrutiny. The process concludes with the panel collectively deciding on the winners.

How do I apply for an art competition?

Most open calls for art competitions require artists to submit a comprehensive application, including a portfolio, an artist statement, and a resume. The number of applicants for art competitions is often high, especially for the more prestigious prizes. Therefore, your application needs be impactful, clear, straightforward, and inviting to review.

Do you need help in these matters? Check our online courses “How to make a portfolio” and “How to write an artists statement” which serve as step-by-step guides giving you all the tools you need to build a strong application for art competitions.